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Tankmates for Cyprichromis in 75 Gallon

Postby devdev222 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:48 pm

Hello All,

I'm setting up a new Tanganyikan tank. As of now I know for sure I want Cyprichromis of some sort. What would be some good tank mates for them in a 4 foot long 75 gallon tank? I am not doing jumbos, I'll stick to the smaller cyps. I'd like to add some different activity in the rocks and at the sand level. What are my best options? Will any of the Cyprichromis fry survive in a tank with other fish? I appreciate the help. Any yes this is my first post here.

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Re: Tankmates for Cyprichromis in 75 Gallon

Postby DJRansome » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:49 pm

The cyp fry will not survive. There is always the shellie colony for the sand and a rock dweller for the rocks. Julidochromis or Calvus are favorites of mine.
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Re: Tankmates for Cyprichromis in 75 Gallon

Postby devdev222 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:54 pm

Will the cyps eat their own fry? So even in a tank with no other fish there wouldn't be any survivors?
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Re: Tankmates for Cyprichromis in 75 Gallon

Postby awanderingmoose » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:54 am

A tank with a lot of small cover should have some survivors. I've raised up cyp fry in the past from a tang community tank before, although admittedly the survival rate wasn't especially high. Your best bet is to net out the holding females and move them to another tank to spit. Some prefer to strip, but I've never been a fan of that.

As far as tank mates, any bottom dwellers that aren't super aggressive will work. In a 75, one rock dweller + one shell dweller species would be my recommendation. For the rock dwellers, look at calvus/comps, julies, or caudopunctatus. For shellies, any of them would be fine (I'd probably go for something larger than multies in a tank that size, but that's a question of aesthetics, not compatibility)
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Re: Tankmates for Cyprichromis in 75 Gallon

Postby DJRansome » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:55 pm

No other fish, maybe. Although I have had cyp moms eat their fry in a maternity tank.

I've never had a cyp survivor in my Tang Communities, but I always have Synodontis, and other fry predators in the tank.
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